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The snow has fallen, is falling or will soon fall. That means only one season!

Alpine Skiing Areas

One question on everyone's mind: Where to go?

Please add areas in order of increasing distance from campus . . . and stick to New England. Let's not get everyone jealous or homesick by posting West Coast areas.

Massachusetts Areas

Jiminy Peak

Chances are, you'll get here at least once during your time at Williams (particularly if you take a winter sport class with the Outing Club, take the Ski Patrol class, or race). Web Site

Pros: closest area to campus, ~1000 ft. vertical drop, a high speed six-seat chairlift, and good bunny hill. They sell really cheap passes for Winter Study (some including rentals), so if you ever want to learn, this is the place - you'll be paying 10 times as much anywhere else.

Cons: Two moderately challenging runs (Upper Lift Line and Jericho once the sun goes down). Can be cold/icy. Expensive if you don't get a Winter Study package.

Distance from campus: 25 minutes


THE old-school ski area (the East Coast Hyak). A tiny mountain outside of Pittsfield that has a ton of charm, from the ancient lodge to the wood-paneled lift chairs. Web Site

Distance from campus: 40 minutes


Web Site

Pros: Dirt cheap ($15 midweek). Will probably take you the better part of the day to ski every single run.

Cons: The daunting Catapult, with pitches in excess of 60 percent, may be the steepest run in the Berkshires, but it's a bit overrated.

Distance from campus: About 1+ hours south of Williamstown (especially if you go via Hancock instead of Pittsfield).

Berkshire East

"Southern New England's largest and most varied ski mountain!" $25 night skiing and midweek. Web Site

Distance from campus: 45 minutes east along Rt. 2

Vermont Areas


The nearest big mountain - but you pay for it - to the tune of $69 weekend lift tickets. Web Site

Distance from campus: 1 1/2 hours +


Not far from Middlebury, it's the biggest ski area in New England. Not surprisingly, perhaps, it's also one of the most expensive ski areas in New England. Web Site

Distance from campus: 2 hours +

Mad River Glen

Say what you will about having no snowmaking, not allowing snowboarders, and having a single chair lift that takes 15 minutes to get to the top, Alan Cordova thinks that with the crazy deals, random powder stashes, strange sense of humor, and cooperative (not corporate) ownership, MRG rocks.

Distance: 3 hours +


A fun, reasonably priced area that isn't far from campus. It has a number of fast lifts and a wide variety of terrain.

Deals worth considering:

  • Sunday Afternoon Passport - $29 all ages, good 12:30 through 4:00 p.m. (not available during Holiday Periods)
  • College Break - Just show a valid college ID and save $10 on Weekend and Holiday lift tickets. Discount can be applied to ALL DAY regular priced tickets only.

check out the site for more details

Distance: 1 hour

Magic Mountain

Magic is pretty old-school, mainly relying on a double chair to service the peak. The mountain has a lot of character, and some really fun terrain.

Distance: 1 hour, 15 minutes

New Hampshire Areas

Tuckerman Ravine

The ultimate extreme skiing destination in New England. Located in Tuckerman Ravine of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Ski season begins in March (when the avalanches begin to lighten up) and usually continues through May.

Distance from campus: 4 hours (plus hiking)

Cross-Country Skiing Destinations

Please add areas in order of increasing distance from campus.

Taconic Golf Club

A nationally renowned golf course by spring, summer, and especially fall, Taconic GC turns cross country heaven for the long Williams winter. You'll have to wake up pretty early to be the one to put the first tracks over the hills and dales of the cours's rolling terrain, as it is a close and popular destination for all local folk.

Distance from campus: mere minutes.

Hopkins Forest

Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williams' own gem of a forest preserve, is a cross country wonderland. Our trail crews prioritize cross country skiing as a major use of the land in winter and maintain it accordingly during that time, and motorized vehicles are banned from the trails.

People to Ski With

  • Alan Cordova will ski anywhere anytime with anyone as long as he doesn't have to pay $70 for a lift ticket.
  • Brendan Dougherty likes his skiing the way he likes his beer, in that he likes them both a lot.

Lift Passes

  • See Willipedia's guide to skiing cheaply
  • All for One Pass
  • Jiminy 5/7 Pass: The 5/7 Pass is valid midweek Monday through Friday Non-Holiday 9 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. and everyday including weekends, holidays and holiday periods from 3 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.
  • Jiminy Peak 6/7 Pass: The 6/7 Pass is valid Sunday through Friday Non-Holiday 9 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. everyday including weekends, holidays and holiday periods from 3 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.